How do you ID old wood & cardboard rolling stock

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Ray Marinaccio, Aug 30, 2003.

  1. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    I have some old cars that I'm tring to identify the makers.
    Any hints would be helpful.
    This has varney trucks & Mantua couplers. ???

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  2. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    This has a completely different under frame. Trucks have a U shaped brass bolster.

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  3. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    The car has the same trucks asthe last but different frame.
    The caboose, Not a clue.

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  4. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

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    Ray,
    About the only way to identify those cars would be to find some late forties,early fifties MR or RMC, and check the ads to see which kit manufacturers released what road names. As I recall, those kits didn't have trucks or couplers included, which is why the one would have Varney trucks, and Mantua couplers. I also seem to recall that preprinted car sides were sometimes published in the modeling mag's.
    Pete
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    Russ Bellinis Active Member

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    I've seen one old "Megow" kit in the box, and it had trucks included, but the side frames were also punch out cardboard, and the axles were just fins brass wire that punched through both side frames to make up the trucks. Anyone who had one of those kits and wanted to use it on a layout would probably want to change the trucks.